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Drug-related deaths in Scotland are expected to hit record levels for the seventh year in a row. Figures for 2019 showed 1,264 people died as a result of drug misuse. This was already the highest in Europe, and three-and-a-half times the figure for England and Wales. Data covering 2020 will be released later today. Although […]

New changes to the Highway Code will create a “hierarchy of road users” in a bid to boost the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the updates, to be included in a new version of the Highway Code being published in the autumn, as part of a £338m package to boost […]

Fully vaccinated adults in Wales will no longer have to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus from 7 August. The Welsh government intends to ease self-isolation rules for those who are double jabbed on the same day the country is expected to move to COVID alert level zero. This is […]

One in seven shops across Britain is lying empty – with the number rising over the last three months even as the economy reopened, new figures show. The vacancy rate across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres rose to 14.5% in the second quarter, according to a report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) […]

A number of Conservative MPs have told Sky News they do not think the government will follow through and actually introduce vaccine passports. The prospect of people having to prove their COVID-19 status to access a range of venues has been raised in recent weeks. Boris Johnson has already said that individuals will need to […]

A satanist teenager from Gloucestershire who had downloaded 11 different terrorist manuals has escaped a jail sentence after the judge heard he was on course to get straight As in his A-levels. Bristol Youth Court was told the neo-Nazi teenager, who cannot be named, plans to study at Bristol University and will need straight As […]

Former health secretary Ken Clarke has been branded a “total disgrace” over his behaviour during an inquiry into the infected blood scandal – as victims asked if the politician could be censured for being “arrogant, pompous and contemptuous”. Sam Stein QC, a lawyer representing a group of victims, made an application to address Lord Clarke […]

A Metropolitan Police officer filmed kneeling on the neck of a black man just weeks after the murder of George Floyd in the US should “reflect” on his actions, according to a watchdog. An inquiry into the incident by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that no evidence was found to suggest the […]

Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been banned from Twitter, less than a week after he set up a profile on the social media platform. The 54-year-old confirmed to Sky News that his account had been suspended. Twitter has not yet commented on the move. Choudary had been the subject of significant legal restrictions, preventing […]

Unvaccinated expectant mothers are at greater risk from the Delta variant, with both mother and unborn baby at particular danger of becoming severely ill from COVID-19. There has been a worrying rise in the number of unvaccinated women being admitted to hospital with severe COVID-19, according to new data published by the University of Oxford. […]